Schmidly, David 2016-03-29

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This interview features Dr. David Schmidly, former President of Texas Tech University. Schmidly discusses his family’s German heritage, attending Texas Tech, and developing an interest in biology. Schmidly also talks about attending the University of Illinois to obtain his doctorate and his career as a field biologist.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: David Schmidly

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: March 29, 2016

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 01:20:13 (1 hour 20 minutes)


Background, family, grandparents; Grandparent’s farm, German heritage; Family history and heritage continued; Father’s military service; Family activities, dancing, games with Grandmother; Interest in music and sports, high school; Wife; Changes at Tech; University of Illinois for graduate school; Fieldwork and field biology

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital

Recording Format Notes: CD copy available to listen in reading room

Transcript: Transcript available on dspace

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